Arms of Joris Jansen Rapalje.

ARMS- Azure, three bars or.
CREST- Issuing from a ducal coronet or, on a high hat of dignity azure, three bars of the first. The hat surmounted with six ostrich feathers or and azure.
MOTTO- Willing obedience and serenity of mind.
(Crozier: "General Armory.")

"Joris Janssen Rapalje came to New Netherlands in 1623 ("American Families of Historic Lineage" says about 1632 [a typo?]) on the ship "Unity," which was the first vessel to bring agricultural colonists to the Hudson Valley. For three years, from 1623 to 1626, he resided at Fort Orange, now Albany, but at the end of that time he removed to New Amsterdam, which was becoming a center for persecuted Huguenots and Walloons. He located on what is now Pearl Street and was residing there when his deed to the property was confirmed March 13, 1647. He had already purchased from the Indians, on June 16, 1637, a farm containing one hundred and sixty morgens or three hundred and thirty-five acres. The Indians called it Rennagaconck, while the Dutch called it Wale bocht. It was located where the present United States Marine Hospital in Brooklyn stands and also included the land between Nostrand and Grand avenues. He may have resided there for a time and been obliged to return to the city on account of Indian troubles. In 1641 Joris Rapalje was elected member of a board of twelve men to consult with Governor Kieft on account of the dangerous situation the confronting the Colony on account of unrest among the Indians. This was the beginning of representative government in the Dutch portions of America, and the board availed itself of the opportunity to strengthen such institutions by an attempt to limit the arbitrary power of the Governor, for which they wished to substitute a more democratic system. According to their plan four of their number should become members of the Permanent Council. The representative body was, however, abolished the following year. June 22, 1654, Joris Rapalje sold his property on Pearl Street to Hendrick Hendrickson and removed to his farm at Wale bocht, where he lived the rest of his life. In 1655, 1656, 1657, 1660, and 1662 he was a magistrate in Brooklyn. He apparently died about the time of the close of the Dutch administration, as his name disappears from the records of the time.

Joris Janssen Rapalje married Catalyntje Trico, who was born in 1605 {in Paris} and died September 11, 1689. She was a daughter of Joris Trico, of Paris, France, and his wife Michele Sauvagie. After the death of her husband, Catalyntje continued to reside at Wale bocht. She was seventy-four years of age at the time Jasper Dankers and Peter Sluyter, the Labodists, visited her there and described her in their journals as follows:

M. de la Grange came with wife to invite me to accompany them in their boat to the Wale bocht, a place situated on Long Island almost an hour's distance below the city, directly opposite Correlaerr hoeck from whence, I had several times observed the place which appeared to me quite pleasant-- she is worldly minded, living with her whole heart, as well as body, among her progeny which now number 145 and will soon reach 150. Nevertheless, she lived alone by herself a little apart from the others, having her little garden and other conveniences with which she helped herself.


  1. Sara, born at Fort Orange, June 9, 1625, the first white child to be born in New Netherlands, died about 1685; married (first) Hanse Hansen Bergen; (second) Teunis Cysberts Bogart.
  2. Marritje, born March 11 {16}, 1627. {married Michael Paulus Vandervoort}
  3. Jannetje, born August 16, 1629; married, December 21, 1642, Remmet Janzen Van Jeversen.
  4. Judith, born July 15 {5}, 1635; married Peter Pietersen Van Nest.
  5. Jan, born August 28, 1637, died January 25, 1663; married April 16 or 26, 1660, Maria Fredericks of the Hague; was a deacon of the Dutch Reformed Church of Brooklyn.
  6. Jacob, born May 28, 1639, killed by the Indians.
  7. Catalyntje, born March 28, 1641; married August 16, 1664, Jeremias Jansen Van Westerhaut.
  8. Jeremias, born June 27, 1643; married Anna, daughter of Teunis Nyssen or Denyse; occupied the ancestral home at the Wallabout; schepen of Brooklyn in 1673 and 1674; justice of the peace in 1689 and 1690.
  9. Annitie, born February 8, 1646, married (first), May 14, 1663, Martin Ryerse, from Amsterdam; (second), January 30, 1692 Fransz Joort. {Joost France}
  10. Elizabeth, born March 26, 1648; married Dierck Cornelisen Hooglandt.
  11. Daniel, born December 29, 1650, baptized at the Dutch Reformed Church, January 1, 1651, died in Brooklyn, December 26, 1725; married (first) Sarah Clock; (second) Tryntie Alberts.

Wilfred Jordan, Colonial and Revolutionary Families of Pennsylvania, Lewis Historical Publishing Co., New York, 1942, pp. 199, 200; Coat of Arms facing p. 198.

Henry A. Stoutenburgh, A Documentary History of the Dutch Congregation of Oyster Bay, Queens Co., Island of Nassau. (Now Long Island), 1902, pp. 444-6. {source of additional data in brackets. Also has Catelyn Trico's deposition of her arrival in 1623 on the ship, "Unity," settlements, relocations, and dealings with the Indians described as, "all quiet as lambs." }

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